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Electrophysiology (EP) is the study of the heart’s electrical activity. A problem with the electrical system can cause your heart to beat too quickly or too slowly, which means it may not deliver enough blood to the rest of your body. This might cause organs to shut down or be damaged.

While an abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia) can be dangerous, we offer a number of treatment options that can help.

At the Willis-Knighton Heart & Vascular Institute, our team can accurately diagnose an arrhythmia, deliver the right treatment, and provide the follow-up care you need to stay healthy and live your best possible life.

Highly accurate EP studies

We conduct EP studies to pinpoint the location of an arrhythmia and determine the best treatment option.

These studies take place in our state-of-the-art EP patient care suite under the direction of our specialty team, which consists of EP cardiologists, EP nurses and technicians.

Interventional EP procedures

Once the EP team discovers the cause of an arrhythmia, whether that’s atrial fibrillation or tachycardia, they may recommend treatment. Options include cardiac ablation to interrupt the electrical pathway in your heart that is causing the problem, or a pacemaker or defibrillator to monitor and correct the arrhythmia.

EP procedures our team can perform include:

These procedures can be performed in our EP patient care suite, which means you don't have to travel to multiple locations for different parts of the diagnosis and treatment process.

Follow-up care

If you received a pacemaker or defibrillator from us, you can expect to have routine follow-up care. Additionally, if you have a pacemaker you will be set up with a home-monitoring system that sends information to your physician every three months to report on your heart’s electrical activity.